For the Treatment of Cancer
Chemotherapy given for the treatment of cancer
How It Is Given
Injected into vein
Common Side Effects
▪ Nausea and vomiting and poor appetite
▪ Flu-like symptoms
▪ Hair loss may occur, but is not permanent
▪ Reduced blood counts - this may usually occur 2-3 weeks after the drug is given
Less Common Side Effects
▪ Lung changes
▪ Mouth sores
Call Your Health Care Provider if You Develop
▪ Fever over 100.8 θ F.
▪ Shortness of breath, cough or difficulty in breathing.
▪ Redness and swelling at the injection site.
▪ Unusual bleeding or bruising.
▪ Swelling in feet or ankles.
▪ Hives, rash, or severe itching.
▪ Blood in urine or pain or burning with urination.
▪ The drug can be irritating to the tissue if it leaks out of the vein. Tell the person giving the
drug if you feel burning, stinging or pain while the drug is being given.
▪ Do not take aspirin or aspirin-containing products while taking this medicine.
▪ Do not breastfeed while taking this medicine.
Reproduced with permission from the 1989-2011 United States Pharmacopeial Convention, Inc.
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